Bedouine – “Echo Park”

Bedouine‘s second album Bird Songs of a Killjoy will be released on May 31st, and today, she has followed up from the previously shared “Bird” and “When You’re Gone” with the video for new single, “Echo Park.” Watch/share the video here.

Speaking of the track, she says:

“Echo Park” started as kind of a joke. I was annoyed that my usual café was busy and there was nowhere to sit. I turned back around to my apartment, picked up the guitar, and started riffing on the neighborhood – it ended up being a really fun tune. I love my neighborhood but the rate at which things change can make your head spin. This song is about hanging on for dear life.

Bird Songs of a Killjoy is available for pre-order now on lavender vinyl, black vinyl, and CD, plus a bundle including your choice of album format with a Bedouine t-shirt and hummingbird enamel pin. The first 250 vinyl orders will receive a free 12×12″ signed print, and there’s only a handful of these left.

Bedouine on tour

Jun. 1 – Las Vegas NV – Emerge Music and Impact Conference
Jun. 6 – Brooklyn NY – Rough Trade
Jun. 7-8 – Sonoma CA – Huichica
Jun. 13 – Los Angeles CA – The Moroccan Lounge
Jun. 28 – Nashville TN – Musicians Corner at Centennial Park
Jul. 26-27 – Calgary AB – Calgary Folk Music Festival at Prince’s Island Park
Aug. 24 – Port Townsend, WA – Thing at McCurdy Pavilion Lawn
Aug. 25 – Denver CO – Denver Botanic Gardens *
Aug. 26 – Boulder CO – Chautauqua Auditorium *
Aug. 28 – Omaha NE  – Slowdown *
Aug. 29 – Kansas City MO – Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts – Helzberg Hall *
Aug. 30 – St. Louis MO – The Pageant *
Aug. 31 – Milwaukee WI – Pabst Theatre *
Sep. 7 – London UK – Queen Elizabeth Hall
Oct. 5 – Chicago IL – Schubas Tavern
Oct. 7 – Toronto ON – The Drake
Oct. 8 – Montreal QC – Bar Le Ritz PDB
Oct. 9 – Allston MA – Great Scott
Oct. 11 – Washington DC – Songbyrd
Oct. 12 – Philadelphia PA – World Cafe Live – Upstairs
Oct. 13 – Richmond VA – Richmond Music Hall
Oct. 15 – Asheville NC – The Mothlight
Oct. 18 – Minneapolis MN – The Cedar Cultural Center

* w/ Jose Gonzalez

Bedouine – Bird Songs of a Killjoy (SB029)
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April 24, 2019

Jackie Cohen – “Chico Chico”

“I’m a deep valley girl,” Jackie Cohen says. “Here’s a deep valley video.”

Today, she releases the new song “Chico Chico,” which appears on her debut album, Zagg, set for release on May 10th. Directed by Ori Ravid, choreographed by Erin Murray (Charli XCX & Troye Sivan, John Legend, Foxygen, King Tuff), and filmed in one shot in a shopping center in the San Fernando Valley, the video for “Chico Chico” is as fun as the song itself.

Director Ori Ravid says about making the video:

“Chico Chico” to me is breezy and cheeky and just makes you smile. Jackie and I bounced some ideas off each other, and when the opportunity came up to shoot in my friend’s dad’s parking lot I knew we would capture something special.

Pre-order Zagg now on runny yolk yellow vinyl, which comes with a Zagg enamel pin and sticker sheet, or on black vinyl and CD.

Jackie Cohen on tour

May 14 – San Francisco CA – Independent *
May 16 – Seattle WA – Tractor Tavern *
May 17 – Vancouver BC – St. James Hall *
May 18 – Portland OR – Doug Fir Lounge *
May 21 – St. Paul MN – Turf Club *
May 22 – Chicago IL – Lincoln Hall *
May 24 – Toronto ON – Horseshoe Tavern *
May 25 – Montreal QC – Petit Campus *
May 26 – Portland ME – SPACE *
May 28 – Cambridge MA – Sinclair *
May 29 – Brooklyn NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg *
May 31 – Washington DC – U Street Music Hall *
Jun 1 – Philadelphia PA – Johnny Brenda’s *
Jun 3 – Atlanta GA – The Earl *
Jun 4 – Nashville TN – High Watt *
Jun 6 – Dallas TX – Club Dada *
Jun 7 – Houston TX – White Oak Music Hall *
Jun 8 – Austin TX – Antone’s *
Jun 10 – El Paso TX – Lowbrow Palace *
Jun 11 – Santa Fe NM – Meow Wolf *
Jun 12 – Phoenix AZ – Valley Bar *
Jun 13 – Los Angeles CA – Troubadour *

* w/ Weyes Blood

Jackie Cohen – Zagg (SB027)
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April 23, 2019

Jackie Cohen – “Get Out”

Jackie Cohen has unveiled an official video for her brand new single, “Get Out.” The track is the second to be taken from her debut album, Zagg, which is set for release on May 10th. Aesthetically lo-fi, the video was directed by California based artist Evan Laffer and is described by Cohen as: “This is our American Beauty. Knee brace chic. Raccoon caught by a dumpster aesthetic.”

Also announced today is a North American tour supporting Weyes Blood. Catch Jackie Cohen on tour in May.

Jackie Cohen on tour

May 14 – San Francisco CA – Independent *
May 16 – Seattle WA – Tractor Tavern *
May 17 – Vancouver BC – St. James Hall *
May 18 – Portland OR – Doug Fir Lounge *
May 21 – St. Paul MN – Turf Club *
May 22 – Chicago IL – Lincoln Hall *
May 24 – Toronto ON – Horseshoe Tavern *
May 25 – Montreal QC – Petit Campus *
May 26 – Portland ME – SPACE *
May 28 – Cambridge MA – Sinclair *
May 29 – Brooklyn NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg *
May 31 – Washington DC – U Street Music Hall *
Jun 1 – Philadelphia PA – Johnny Brenda’s *
Jun 3 – Atlanta GA – The Earl *
Jun 4 – Nashville TN – High Watt *
Jun 6 – Dallas TX – Club Dada *
Jun 7 – Houston TX – White Oak Music Hall *
Jun 8 – Austin TX – Antone’s *
Jun 10 – El Paso TX – Lowbrow Palace *
Jun 11 – Santa Fe NM – Meow Wolf *
Jun 12 – Phoenix AZ – Valley Bar *
Jun 13 – Los Angeles CA – Troubadour *

* w/ Weyes Blood

Jackie Cohen – Zagg (SB027)
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April 4, 2019

Bedouine announces ‘Bird Songs of a Killjoy,’ out May 31st

Following the recently shared single “When You’re Gone,” LA-based Azniv Korkejian, aka Bedouine, has today announced that her second album Bird Songs of a Killjoy will be released on May 31st via Spacebomb. Bird Songs of a Killjoy is available for pre-order now on lavender vinyl, black vinyl, and CD, plus a bundle including your choice of album format with a Bedouine t-shirt and hummingbird enamel pin. The first 250 vinyl orders will receive a free 12×12″ signed print!

Along with the announcement, she shares the second single to be taken from the album “Bird.” Watch the video for “Bird” here.

Speaking of the track she says:

“Bird is about loving someone so much that you’re willing to loosen your grip on them. It was written as a love letter with the intent of delivering it. It’s one of my favourite memories regarding the power of song. I had so much to communicate and this was the only way I was able to get it all down. I drafted it on my recorder and emailed it that evening. The next morning there was a freshly written song in response to mine in my inbox. I was totally astonished by this perfect exchange. It seemed to prove that sometimes when you’re willing to let something go is when you’re given it entirely.”

Bird Songs of a Killjoy follows her 2017 self-titled debut album via Spacebomb Records to widespread critical acclaim including a 5/5 The Independent album review and features everywhere from Vogue and Rolling Stone to The FADER and Stereogum. In the last year, she has toured the U.S. alongside Kevin Morby, Jose Gonzalez, Hurray for the Riff Raff, Fleet Foxes, Waxahatchee, Real Estate and Willie Watson, with a sold-out headline show at New York City’s Joe’s Pub (“she sounds like a future legend — the sort of musician one will later wish to have seen back when, at a small performance like this Thursday-night show.” –New York Times).

This second album continues her creative partnership with Gus Seyffert (Beck, Michael Kiwanuka) who she met when working as a sound engineer in LA. “It’s called Bird Songs of a Killjoy, and I’m the killjoy,” Azniv grins. She describes the sometime perception of herself as a curmudgeon and a depressive. “Dare I say – a difficult woman,” she continues, laughing. “I’m taking ownership of that stereotype, proudly. The music itself however, is the farthest from curmudgeonly or depressive as could be. It’s a soundtrack to Spring blossom, to warm air on skin, to the concept of possibility.”

Amazingly, despite the successes since her debut release, Bird Songs of a Killjoy rejects any pressures to be some kind of grand evolution from before. When her self-titled debut came out in the summer of 2017, Azniv was entirely unknown, and wasn’t necessarily looking to change that. The album she wrote in her free time while dealing with some emotional trauma and locking herself away in her house, was an exercise in diarizing, in expression without expectations. Some of the songs on this second effort were from that same time period of fruitful creativity. This time however, there was more effort to concentrate on a cohesive beginning, middle and end. It was her biggest challenge, and it paid off. This is more than a mere collection of songs, and for that reason, includes a reprise of one song and features re-occurring musical motifs and hidden tracks.

Azniv’s experience of life is extraordinary. She was born in Aleppo, Syria, and swiftly moved to Saudi Arabia where she did most of her growing up until the age of ten. Her family won a Green Card Lottery and she went to an American school and lived in an ex-pat community. Her dad was a singer and would play traditional Armenian and Arabic music at home but Azniv didn’t make the connection in familial passion there until she was much older. “My music sounds so traditionally American and I’m not sure how that happened,” she offers, recalling that it wasn’t until her twenties that she discovered ’60s folk music and picked up a guitar.

She certainly never believed that music could be a career. Serving more as a healing process than any kind of professional pursuit she worked in sound design in her own little slice of Hollywood (incidentally, where she met Gus) and wrote and wrote, and from this well of songs, she’s now arrived at more than two albums. “All my work is on the front end,” she says. “All I can do is make sure I’m doing my best, putting my best foot forward, and honoring my emotional experience, but what it does in the end can’t matter as much.” For Bedouine, the songs have already served their healing purpose. Now it’s time for them to move others.

Bedouine on tour

Jun. 6 – Brooklyn NY – Rough Trade
Jun. 7-8 – Sonoma CA – Huichica
Jun. 13 – Los Angeles CA – Moroccan Lounge
Sep. 7 – London UK – Queen Elizabeth Hall

Bedouine – Bird Songs of a Killjoy (SB029)
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March 28, 2019

Trey Pollard – “Fixed Ideas: I” (Video)

In November, Spacebomb’s in-house arranger and house band member Trey Pollard released his debut as a composer in his own right, Antiphone. Comprised of a set of preludes and fugues for string quintet and two pieces for chamber string orchestra and piano – entitled Fixed Ideas: I and II, which bookend the album – Antiphone was lauded by critics as “beautiful” (Composer’s Toolbox), “gorgeously tense” (The Auricular), and “nothing short of an achievement” (You Hear That).

Today, Pollard unveils a beautiful, hypnotic video for the piece “Fixed Ideas: I,” filmed by Tony Forgey.

Trey Pollard – Antiphone (SB019)
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March 21, 2019
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